Megan Schrader

State Government Reporter

  • Springs Spree board to consider if Planned Parenthood can have booth at festival

    Updated: Sat, May 23, 2015

    Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains has been told it could not have booth space at the annual Springs Spree festival because it is a group barred by the event's rules from participating. Cathy Alderman, vice president of public affairs, said that while Planned Parenthood does...

  • Hickenlooper calls Jeffco snub a 'partisan' move

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LAKEWOOD - Gov. John Hickenlooper fired back at a perceived snub from Jefferson County Schools on Wednesday after two high schools refused to let him hold a bill-signing ceremony on school property. "The last time I was at Lakewood High School, Katy Perry was there and somehow she...

  • Colorado to spend $1.2 million for wildfire prediction system

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado will spend $1.2 million over the next two years on a "revolutionary" fire prediction system that uses atmospheric weather data to predict the behavior of wildfires up to 18 hours in advance. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1129 on Wednesday afternoon at a...

  • Colorado governor signs education bills to boost workforce development

    Updated: Tue, May 19, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado students could soon be able to graduate in six years with a high school diploma and an associate's degree - all on the state's dime. Gov. John Hickenlooper signed a bill Monday that allows a workforce development program to come to Colorado known as P-TECH, for...

  • Colorado Springs mayor among those who want veto of urban renewal bill

    Updated: Mon, May 18, 2015

    Mayor Steve Bach wants Gov. John Hickenlooper to veto a bill that he said could hinder future economic development projects in Colorado Springs by requiring negotiations with counties before cities can use tax increment financing as an incentive for urban renewal projects. "The bill...

  • Klingenschmitt opponent will give it another try

    Updated: Thu, May 14, 2015

    Dave Williams, the 28-year-old who lost to Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt in a GOP primary last year, announced this week he will run for state House District 15 again in 2016. Williams raised more money than Klingenschmitt, but lost by 6 percentage points in June. Klingenschmitt...

  • Governor talks successes, disappointments of Colorado legislative session

    Updated: Fri, May 8, 2015

    DENVER - Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper lobbied hard behind the scenes during the 120 days of the legislative session for a way the state could keep millions of dollars for education and transportation instead of giving it back to taxpayers. "I took out the Senate president and the...

  • Colorado legislature's attempted tweaks to TABOR laws go nowhere

    Updated: Wed, May 6, 2015

    DENVER - Millions of dollars in anticipated tax refunds went unchanged this legislative session despite being the Senate president's top priority and the governor's call to address the "fiscal thicket" caused by constitutional constraints on the state budget and spending. Colorado's...

  • Locals may get say in urban renewal

    Published: Tue, May 5, 2015

    DENVER - While the most dramatic urban renewal bill of the 2015 legislative session died Monday, a bill to give counties and other taxing entities a seat at the table when urban renewal authorities are doling out tax increment financing incentives passed the Senate on second vote and...

  • Bill to close urban renewal tax-incentive loophole dies on Colorado Senate floor

    Updated: Tue, May 5, 2015

    DENVER - A bill that could have jeopardized the proposed Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Conference Center in Aurora by closing a tax incentive loophole was effectively killed by its own sponsors late Monday. Senate Bill 284 had to get its first hearing on the Senate floor Monday or it...

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